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Hate crimes up 60% in Chicago this year, city’s Human Relations commissioner says

The number of hate crimes reported to Chicago police is up 60% this year, the city’s Human Relations commissioner said Wednesday, with increases in crimes due to immigration status, sexual orientation and religion.

The rise in these types of crimes isn’t a shock, Commissioner Mona Noriega said during her 2020 budget hearing. “I don’t think that’s unusual in regards to what the context of the United States is,” she said.

 

Seventy-seven hate crimes have been reported to the Commission on Human Relations by the police so far this year, Noriega said.

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